AFTER AN exhilarating season with Sligo Rovers, Richard Brush is set for his own match of the day.
The Birmingham-born 'keeper and his girlfriend Stacey McDonald from Sligo are jetting off to exotic Maya in Mexico for a fairytale wedding.
The ceremony, at which the couple's lovely threeyear-old daughter, Ameile, will be flower-girl, takes place on November 23rd.
"It's the best possible way to spend the close season," says Richard.
"As a professional footballer, I have to plan everything around the soccer season, including my marriage.
"Stacey fully understands the sacrifices that have to be made by footballers so it was a joint decision to hold off on the wedding until the season was over." And why Mexico? Richard explains: "We didn't want to spend a few thousand euros on a wedding and end up getting drenched to the skin and freezing with the cold in an Irish winter."
Noted for his expertise at saving difficult shots from opponents, Richard has been busy saving in another way over the last few years.
"We've been saving hard to make the big day as special as possible. And now that it's nearly here, we're very excited," he says.
About 30 members of Richard's and Stacey's families are travelling to Mexico for the big day.
The prized League of Ireland Championship trophy won't be gracing the top table but a few of the Rovers heroes might well be among the guests.
"Gavin Peers and his wife, Debi, are definitely joining us and I'm hopeful one or two of the other lads might make it as well," reveals Richard.
"It will be great to have some of the Rovers lads there.
"We've been through a lot this season and we're a very close group.
"Stacey and I are delighted that there will be a good representation from the Bit O'Red at the wedding."
Richard joined Rovers from Coventry City in 2006 and had a brief spell with Shamrock Rovers before coming back to the bit O'Red this year.
He says: "Even though I only played in one of the League games, it was a great thrill to be part of the squad in this historic year.
"Winning the League with Rovers and getting married to a Sligo girl all in the same year - it doesn't get much better."